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A simulated patient is an individual taught to reproduce the history and some subjective physical findings of a typical patient. Students can practice interviewing and examining the simulator under controlled conditions in a manner not possible with a genuine patient.
The obvious advantages of such a teaching system are the convenience to both the student and staff and the freedom to interrupt the interview without interfering in the doctor-patient relationship. Also, practical qualifying examinations on simulated patients would allow greater standardization of tests.
In this attractive, modestly priced monograph, Barrows describes this method in considerable detail. For those who have
Simulated Patients (Programmed Patients). The Development and Use of a New Technique in Medical Education.. Ann Intern Med. ;76:676. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-76-4-676_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;76(4):676.
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